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August 19, 2020
Question: Does an 80%, 72 year old Vietnam vet with severe dementia need to keep medicare A &B He is in a VA facility Spouse needs to know if she should continue to pay for Medicare and BC/BS THANK YOU Jim's Reply:   If the veteran is being cared for by VA and VA is not billing other insurance for that care, then there is no reason to…
Jim's Mailbag
August 19, 2020
Question: Hello, My Dad served in the Marines from 1958-1962. He passed away this year and the National Cemetery provided his grave marker which states "Vietnam". I asked them to remove this as he never served in or near Vietnam or in wartime, and he would never have considered himself a Vietnam era veteran. They state their policy is the dates…
Jim's Mailbag
August 18, 2020
Question: Do you know where i can get my Will done? Buckley Air Force Base Legal Services are only taking active members. I will be 91 years old in a couple of months. I need to get this done and cannot afford a Lawyer. Thanks so very much!! Jim's Reply:  
Jim's Mailbag
August 17, 2020
Question: I served from January 1975 to January 1981. I was in Navy RTC when the VietNam war ended. I know I am considered a VietNam era Veteran. I was awarded a 10% service connected disability for tinnitus and a 100% Non-service connected disability for degenerative disk disease from working for the USPS. Can my 10% be upgraded to 100%.…
Jim's Mailbag
August 16, 2020
Question: I was trying to figure out what would be my next steps if someone forged my name on a marriage license so that they would be able to receive full benefits in the Army. Jim's Reply:   Hmm, this is a first for me. In my experience such an action wouldn't be easy to accomplish and the potential downside would greatly outweigh any…
Jim's Mailbag
August 15, 2020
Question: I worked with TCE unprotected for 2 years .. I was diagnosed with Parkinsonism in 2010 by the VA neurologist i 2010. My case is not passed on by family and he asked me if I had worked with nuro toxins. I told him the exposures and he shook his head and said 'I'm sorry'. You say an IMO is very help full... can you please give contacts so…
Jim's Mailbag
August 14, 2020
Question: I was diagnosed with Bilateral pes planus with plantar fasciitis and metatarsalgia. My left knee is bothering me. Can this (my knee) be considered as secondary to my rated condition? Thanks Jim's Reply:   Yes, such a claim is possible. However, you have to provide proof that the rated conditions you cite caused, contributed to or…
Jim's Mailbag
August 13, 2020
Question: Hello. I recently received notification that BVA granted appeal for migraines. Ebenefits has updated SC and it shows rating 30%, effective date November 2014. However, the payment that is scheduled to be processed does not reflect the effective date. Could this be an initial payment, with lump sum amount to follow? Jim's Reply:   "…
Jim's Mailbag
August 11, 2020
Question: I was medically retired from the US Navy on the permanent disability retirement list (PDRL). Does this qualify me for student loan forgiveness? Jim's Reply:   No. Unfortunately, there are only 3 ways to obtain a student loan discharge via a disability rating. You can learn more about that at the Federal Student Aid website. 
Jim's Mailbag
August 10, 2020
Question: Hello Mr. Jim, My husband had Prostate Cancer 14 years ago. His PSA level slowly started getting higher and he is being treated for Prostate Cancer again, with Erectile Dysfunction. Trying to get him revaluated for a increase. What are the first steps that he should take to make this happen? Jim's Reply:   He files a claim and the…
Jim's Mailbag
August 8, 2020
Question: My ex husband just started receiving VA benefits. He owes me $40,000.00 in back child support. Am I entitled to a small portion of those benefits? Thank you Jim's Reply:   You may be entitled to a portion of those benefits, yes.  While VA disability pay can't be garnished in the traditional sense, if you submit the proper paperwork…
Jim's Mailbag
August 5, 2020
Question: Hello Jim, I have a question about my disability that is at 80%. I am in the Air Force Reserve, and at the end of the year, I am required to pay back a portion of my disability. I need to talk to someone about getting out or staying in. What would happen to my 80% if I decide to stay in until I reach my 20 year mark? I am at 12 years…
Jim's Mailbag
August 5, 2020
And impact on other income
Jim's Mailbag
August 5, 2020
Question: If my knee locked up and caused me to fall. And ultimately caused me to have two surgeries on both knees. Which resulted in zero improvements how can I get an increase in my rating of 10% disability on each knee. This is a 27 year old military issue. Jim's Reply:   If you have a 10% rating on a knee and that knee has gotten worse,…
Jim's Mailbag
August 4, 2020
Question: When are you allowed to file for 1151 benefits for a secondary condition? Only after you’ve been granted benefits for the primary condition, or immediately upon learning of the secondary condition? Thank you. Jim's Reply:  
Jim's Mailbag
August 3, 2020
Need help
Jim's Mailbag
August 3, 2020
Question: Good afternoon Jim, why is it that when veterans send BVA information in Washington DC it gets diverted to Janesville WI I sent information to the BVA on July 28 with 2 day priority shipping and it arrived in DC July 31 and it was sent to Janesville WI, arriving August 3 My issue is I used the address that BVA had on their…
Jim's Mailbag
July 31, 2020
Can I find a way to earn more money for my family?
Jim's Mailbag
July 31, 2020
Recently died and hospital wants child to cover expenses
Jim's Mailbag
July 27, 2020
Need help